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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 149  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 593-599

Jagdish Chandra Bose & plant neurobiology

National Research Professor, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; President, National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon, India

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Prakash Narain Tandon
National Brain Research Centre, NH-8, Manesar, Gurgaon 122 052, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_392_19

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When Jagdish Chandra Bose, a renowned physicist, devoted himself entirely to research in the field of plant physiology post his superannuation at Presidency University, Kolkata, India (earlier known as Presidency College, Calcutta), it came as a surprise to many. The research on plant nervous system by JC Bose during this period was pioneering in nature, being recognized by recent plant biologists globally as the first in the field. His findings were so revolutionary at the time of their proclamation that these aroused disbelief and contradiction. Surprisingly, not many at that time took up such investigations and once accepted with reluctance, there was practically very little activity in the field for the next several decades. More than a hundred years later, recent advances in molecular biology, genomics, ecology and neurophysiology have led to renewed interest resulting in a flurry of activity, confirming most of Bose's observations. The present review describes this pioneering scientist's work and his immense contribution in the emergence of the discipline now designated as ‘Plant Neurobiology’.

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